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Lead, Mathematics

Job ID: 53106


This position works remotely requiring a telecommuting agreement and adherence to the UCSC Telecommuting/Remote Work Guidelines. The employee shall be available in a full-time capacity during assigned telecommuting work hours (specific hours to be discussed with supervisor). While telecommuting/remote working, the employee is responsible for ensuring a worksite environment suitable for accomplishing their regular job duties during scheduled hours of work and, if applicable, arranging for dependent care just as they would if they were working at the regular UCSC worksite.



UC Vaccination Policy: With limited exceptions, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for Covered Individuals under the Policy. Covered Individuals include all employees, students, or trainees who physically access a University facility or program in connection with their employment, appointment, or education/training. The supervisor of this position can clarify how this policy applies to the selected candidate(s) upon selection for a job offer.


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The IRD for this job is: 06-08-2023


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Uses advanced technical skills related to learning management systems, multimedia design, assessment systems, communication tools, and multimedia creative applications to meet unique and often “new” requirements related to online mathematics assessment design and development. Analysis of project requirements requires in-depth evaluation and understanding of content standards and assessment development best practices, including assessment development that aligns to the organization’s goals on accessibility, equity and inclusion. Reports to the Director of Mathematics. Interacts and collaborates with Psychometrics and Research and Accessibility and Inclusion personnel to ensure that assessment content meets quality, technical, and accessibility standards. Assumes responsibility for components of the mathematics assessment development at Smarter Balanced. Provides guidance to other assessment designers to ensure consistency and high quality aligned to organizational goals. Works with technical experts and service providers to ensure the Smarter Balanced assessment system addresses the depth and breadth of the member states’ standards in an authentic manner that serves as signals for high-quality instruction. Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for creating high-quality accessible and inclusive assessments in grades 3-8 and high school. Collaborates with internal teams and provides content guidance for the discipline.


Budgeted Salary: $75,900 – $105,628 / Annually. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.
Under California law, the University of California, Santa Cruz is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary above the posted range. The salary shown above is the budgeted range the University reasonably expects to pay.

No. of Positions: 1

Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits

Schedule Information:

  • Full-time, Fixed
  • Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week
  • Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
  • Shift Includes: Day

Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: Remote

Union Representation: Non-Represented

Job Code Classification: 006147 (INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER 4)

Travel: Up to 25% of the time


50% – Assessment Development

  • Applies advanced professional mathematics assessment design and technology skills to create online and print-ready assessments that support member state standards and learning objectives.
  • Collaborates on and/or oversees the creation of high-quality mathematics assessment content. Establishes detailed schedules for individual or multiple projects and oversees production, including monitoring external contractors and member representatives who contribute to production.
  • Collaborates on and/or oversees test content and supports resources to meet requirements for accessibility and inclusion (including English learners and students with disabilities). Integrates cross-subject materials, such as Data Science.

40% – Assessment Planning and Project Support

  • Monitors assessment issues during active testing windows and resolves issues with staff and stakeholders.
  • Works in a collaborative manner with other instructional designers, technology staff, and Consortium members and demonstrates diplomacy and tact in all communications.
  • Collaborates on teams to plan and execute mathematics development. Proposes strategic solutions to resolve potential weaknesses identified by psychometric analysis. Solves complex assessment content or assessment resource related issues through applying best practices in the field, recommending and implementing technology tools and approaches; develops production processes for use within and across teams.
  • Collaborates on proposals and recommendations to guide and support a broader strategic direction for the development of mathematics assessments and resources for formative, interim, and summative assessments in support of member and Consortium needs.

10% – Stakeholder Engagement

  • Actively seeks out knowledge from member stakeholders and the field of new and emerging assessment innovations and technologies.
  • Leads and directs a wide variety of projects and follows through with all levels of staff and individuals inside and outside the organization to develop items and assessments, including supplemental resources in support of the mathematics interim and summative assessments. Executes independent decision making in support of the Consortium goals on mathematics assessments.
  • Responds to stakeholder questions and/or provides consultation to stakeholders on the development of mathematics assessments, as appropriate, for the entire Consortium.


  • Advanced degree in Mathematics and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • K-12 education experience or similar training.
  • Advanced ability to conduct analysis and develop recommendations, demonstrating organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Advanced analytical skills.
  • Advanced written communication skills.
  • Advanced verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Advanced collaboration and negotiation skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of policies that impact mathematics assessment development.
  • Advanced knowledge of assessment design principles.
  • Knowledge and skills with learning management systems and content creation tools.
  • Expert level skills in application of planning, resourcing and monitoring of effective design life cycles of assessment to support the organization.
  • Thorough knowledge to conduct appropriate job and task analyses in the context of assessment design of technical or specialized training.
  • Highly skilled communication and interpersonal skills to communicate with and influence others, both verbally and in writing.
  • Experience leading large, complex projects that serve state education agencies.
  • 5 years’ experience in mathematics assessment development and / or equivalent experience.


  • Advanced knowledge of organization policies and procedures.
  • Advanced understanding of business strategies and market priorities related to online assessment and achievement of organizational goals.
  • Experience ensuring that organizational practices, services, and behaviors support and promote diversity among staff.


  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
  • Ability to work long periods of time at a computer with or without accommodation.
  • Must be able to work remotely from a home office and be able to fulfill requirements of the UCSC telecommuting agreement.
  • Ability to work overtime including evenings, nights, weekends and holidays to meet operational needs, and work an alternate work schedule shift as required.
  • Selected candidate will be required to complete training within established time frames as directed including UC compliance training.
  • Ability to travel nationally.
  • Ability to maintain appearance and conduct suitable for working in a professional setting.
  • The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.


All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.


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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.


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